Diane Romito, RN

Diane RomitoDiane Romito is a certified rehabilitation nurse with a Master’s degree in health care administration. She most recently was Director of Rehabilitation Services at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, where she worked from 1997-2014, coordinating interdisciplinary teams treating patients with brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, trauma, amputations and complex medical conditions. She coordinated the development of many new programs including adaptive driving, gait analysis, and robotics. She co-developed nine Annual Brain Injury Conferences which drew national speakers and attendees, and provided a community concussion education program for high school athletes, trainers and families. She has published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing.

When active duty brain-injured warriors began returning to Camp Pendleton, Diane adapted the Scripps Brain Injury Day Treatment program and provided one of the first community resources to respond to the military need. The program treated over 100 young men and women and returned 75% of them to independence. The program received national recognition and was visited by Joint Chief of Staff General Michael Hagee. She participated in research and shared their experience and expertise at numerous national conferences.

Diane has four adult children and four delightful grandchildren. Her younger daughter, Col. Susan Davis, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom outside Baghdad and at Walter Reed Hospital in the medical support service. In her free time, Diane enjoys reading, the beach, volunteering and exotic travel, from Morocco to Machu Picchu.